Papers of Judith Hubback

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 7JUH
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 A box

Scope and Content

The archive consists of:

* Questionnaires (1948-1950), pamphlets, articles and press cuttings related to 'Graduate Wives' (1953-1955);

* Scrapbook of reviews of 'Wives Who Went to College' (1957-1958);

* Letters of provenance from donor (1997).

Administrative / Biographical History

Judith Hubback was born in 1917, the daughter of Sir John Fisher-Williams. She graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge in 1936 and married Eva Hubback's son the following year. After her marriage she taught until the first of her children was born but later returned to part-time coaching. In the late 1940s, Judith Hubback's mother in law, Eva Hubback, began a survey on housewives which was to have formed the basis for a chapter of a book on contemporary women. However, she died suddenly in 1949 before this could be completed. Judith Hubback took the information that the survey had revealed and analysed the data it contained, then wrote to the Manchester Guardian with the results. By 1950, she began work on expanding the survey and applied for funds from the government to conduct an inquiry into the part-time work available for married women but failed to gain the grant necessary. Instead, she reformulated her study to research the conditions and opinions of married female graduates and received a grant of 50 pounds from the Leche Foundation to carry it out. The survey was conducted from her home, sending out questionnaires to 1500 graduates, and had a 65% response rate. From the data which she received, she wrote the pamphlet 'Graduate Wives in 1953 and the book 'Wives Who Went to College' in 1957, both of which proved landmark works in the field. Hubback subsequently became involved in Jungian psychotherapy, training to be a psychotherapist at London University College and practising as a Jungian analyst from 1963 to date. She also published a series of articles in this field as well as books of poetry.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated to The Women's Library by Hubback in 1997.

Other Finding Aids

Fonds Description (1 folder only)

Related Material

Additional papers were to be deposited with the Hypatia Trust.


The questionnaire within the collection were used to write the books 'Graduate Wives' and 'Wives Who Went to College'.